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FYSP 067: The Climate of History: From Asia to the Anthropocene: How to Access Library Materials - Fall 2020

Research Help

Online chat service assistance is available between 9am–noon and 1–5pm, Monday–Friday. One-on-one in-person and virtual research appointments are also available to assist you in finding the resources you need for your research assignments. If you don't see a time posted that works for you, contact a librarian directly via email. Finally, check the hours on the home page ("Terrell Main Library Hours & Directions") for service hours.

Search Strategy

Here is a good, basic formula for getting started with your research:

  • Begin by narrowing down your topic and developing an initial research question.
  • Use the keyword brainstorming worksheet to help you tweak your research question, identify keywords and related terms, and keep track of what you find.  
  • Search in a library catalog (Summon, OBISOhioLINK and/or WorldCat) to find books and reference sources.  These sources will:
    • provide BACKGROUND and CONTEXT
    • REVIEW and SUMMARIZE earlier work
    • help you FOCUS your topic and
    • provide CITATIONS to important books, journal articles, conference papers, interviews, etc.
  • Next, search research databases to find articles. The library has hundreds of databases; those listed on this guide are good places to begin.
  • You may also wish to use Google Scholar to search the Internet.  This is a great tool for doing cited reference searches.